Upheaval in Your Lifetime: Global Climate Change Ed.
Think about what this means in the social sense:
Hundreds of millions of Africans and tens of millions of Latin Americans who now have water will be short of it in less than 20 years. By 2050, more than 1 billion people in Asia could face water shortages. By 2080, water shortages could threaten 1.1 billion to 3.2 billion people, depending on the level of greenhouse gases that cars and industry spew into the air.
_Death rates for the world's poor from global warming-related illnesses, such as malnutrition and diarrhea, will rise by 2030. Malaria and dengue fever, as well as illnesses from eating contaminated shellfish, are likely to grow.
_Europe's small glaciers will disappear with many of the continent's large glaciers shrinking dramatically by 2050. And half of Europe's plant species could be vulnerable, endangered or extinct by 2100.
_By 2080, between 200 million and 600 million people could be hungry because of global warming's effects.
All my life, numbers relating to the impact of global warming and climate change have been changing, retooled to reflect changes coming closer and closer to our lifetimes. When I was young, these changes were often believe to be coming "in a few centuries." Today, predictions suggest that great changes will happen in time for the scientists who predict them to experience them first hand. Given all the nature of Republican and corporatist "science" discourse and disinformation, I'm still wary that even these dire reports we hear today will be modified further still. I certain plan and act as if they will.
The global social order as we know it is not prepared to withstand intact megadeaths and hundreds of millions of displaces people.